Allegations made against Marilyn Manson are currently being investigated by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Billboard has confirmed.
According to a statement issued to Billboard, the department’s Special Victims Bureau is looking into accusations of domestic violence against Manson (real name: Brian Warner).
“The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Special Victims Bureau is investigating allegation(s) of domestic violence involving Mr. Brian Warner also known as ‘Marilyn Manson,’ who works in the music industry,” the statement reads. “The incidents occurred between 2009 and 2011 when Mr. Warner lived in the city of West Hollywood.”
TMZ first reported the investigation.
Because there have been multiple public abuse claims made against Manson recently, starting with an Instagram post from his ex-fiancee Evan Rachel Wood on Feb. 1, it’s unclear what domestic violence allegations the LA Sheriff’s Department is looking into.
Wood’s post came after she had previously said she had been raped twice, including by a significant other that she wouldn’t name. “The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson,” Wood wrote on Instagram. “He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years. I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander or blackmail. I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives. I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent.”
After Wood’s allegations — along with accusations from at least four other women and, most recently, Game of Thrones actress Esme Bianco coming forward — Manson has been dropped by his Loma Vista Records label, CAA and longtime manager Tony Ciulla. He was also edited out of an episode of the Starz series American Gods, on which he has had a recurring role, while AMC’s Shudder service will not be airing a segment of a forthcoming episode of its Creepshow TV series in which Manson appears.
Manson has denied the claims, writing in a Feb. 1 Instagram response: “Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality. My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how – and why – others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”